millions of peaches, peaches for me – a peachy cocktail

A cheeky peachy cocktail for your New Year celebrations. Serves 2 1 peach (I prefer yellow ones). Halved, stone removed, roughly diced. 1 egg white (about 30 ml) 60 ml good quality white rum 60 ml grand marnier 30 ml vanilla vodka (homemade: https://crichtonscoop.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/vanilla-morrison-vanilla-infused-vodka/) crushed ice   to serve brandied cumquats (https://crichtonscoop.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/slingshot-cumquat-brandy/) , or just…

coffee & tv – home-made cold brew coffee

This is a smooth and tasty cold brew coffee that you can make at home, and also take in an esky to enjoy camping or on picnics. This also makes a thoughtful gift and we made up bottles to include with our home made Christmas gifts. We did the batch Christmas morning. We are camping…

Christmas – it’s a wrap

I wanted to blog the menu we organised as it was no fuss and very tasty – a good one to remember for entertaining. Links to recipes are included. I had some fun and wrote it up on our kitchen blackboard. Cass and I enjoy having Christmas at our place as we both like to…

Christmas is all around

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a post dedicated to Bill Nighy’s Christmas is all around. It’s a tradition between mum and I to watch this movie in the lead up to Christmas and also a tradition of mine to bake a pavlova. And I thought hey, why not put together some dessert recommendations (from pavs…

Add a dab of salt to your onions

I have moved away slightly from my song titles for this post. This title comes from Episode 1 of Black Books when Manny swallows the Little Book of Calm. In my head my blog post sounds like an excerpt from there – perhaps the Little Book of Calm Cooking? You may already do this, but…

tabouli wonderland

Makes enough to take to a BBQ. Will feed 10-12 as the only salad. Also great in falafel/ lamb yiros or topped with falafel/steak (marinated in middle eastern spices, grilled and sliced). Or on its own with hummus and pita. Hummus recipe: click here. All of these dishes are also fab with 1-2 garlic cloves micro…

fed and watered

I wanted to give a little shout out to the book, Dough by Richard Bertinet. Cass has been getting into making bread in preparation for the wood oven we are constructing in our summer holidays – watch this space! He has been using this book to prepare starters and make loaves of sour dough, whole…

nectarine and yoghurt – nectarine, yoghurt, ricotta and polenta cake

The polenta and ricotta are a nice base to steer this away from being a traditional tea cake. Despite the sugar syrup, it is not sickly sweet. It is gluten free, provided your polenta packet doesn’t have any warning signs about being packaged with possible traces of gluten. This title needs explaining! It’s taken from Peaches…

golden brown – pistachio amaretti (gf)

These gorgeous little biscuits were an idea from an old ABC delicious magazine. I have made some changes to ingredients and steps to achieve a more desirable biscuit. I am including them as little gifts as a part of our homemade Christmas gifts. They are super simple to make and look great wrapped in some…

sly gin – cumquat gin

This is the next in line for a bunch of infused spirits that will make tasty home-made Christmas gifts. 1 kg cumquats 7oo ml gin (we used Gordon’s and this was tasty – it wouldn’t be worth using a super good quality gin but you wouldn’t want to use super cheap or it won’t be nice…